China's first Yueju Opera theater chain established in Shaoxing
A Yueju Opera play is performed at the Shaoxing Grand Theater on Aug 18. [Photo/Zhejiang Daily]
China's first Yueju Opera theater chain was set up during the Fifth Chinese Yueju Opera Festival in Shaoxing on Aug 18.
The theater chain's establishment was proposed by the Shaoxing Grand Theater and joined by 42 theaters from 20 provinces. Their goal is to promote the art at home and abroad.
A series of nationwide Yueju performances were launched on the same day and will last until October.
Yueju Opera, a national intangible cultural heritage, originated in Shaoxing before it became popular in Shanghai. It is a respected and widely acclaimed art form that blends Chinese folk stories, music and drama.